As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Acer Extensa 15 to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Extensa 15 the right choice for surfing the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This Extensa 15 is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Acer; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 15.6 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this Extensa 15 if you have to work on the road.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Acer thought it over carefully in this case.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9120C. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 256 Gb, Acer considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 9 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Extensa 15 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Extensa 15 for videos?
With this laptop, Acer offers a product oriented toward general use. This Extensa 15 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 15.6 inches, with a 1280×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.9 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it Extensa 15 has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD A4-9120C, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, Acer chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 Professional on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon R3 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Acer. The Extensa 15 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Extensa 15 seems inappropriate. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Extensa 15 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It Extensa 15 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Acer didn’t really take into account in the design of this Extensa 15. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 1.9 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 15.6 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this Extensa 15 do not generally have touch screens. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With the installation of the processor AMD A4-9120C, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this Extensa 15. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 9 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 15.6 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It Extensa 15 provides only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Extensa 15, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Extensa 15 for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Acer has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9120C. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Extensa 15 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this Extensa 15 is of 9 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Extensa 15 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
Clearly, it’s not Extensa 15 designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
Extensa 15 the right choice to play online?
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Extensa 15, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1280×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Acer has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
For online gaming, it Extensa 15 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.9 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 9 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Extensa 15 one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Extensa 15 for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Extensa 15 it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10 Professional, last generation.
It’s not Extensa 15 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 1.9 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
This computer was really designed for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
This Extensa 15 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Extensa 15 is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The Extensa 15 in conclusion
The conclusion of the test Extensa 15 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks